The Family Room Blog

Commemorating the 40-Year Anniversary of the Refugee Act and the Establishment of ORR

March 3, 2020
Forty years ago, the Refugee Act was signed into law, formally establishing the federal refugee resettlement program and creating the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF…

In Celebration of Love, Marriage and Family: National Marriage Week

February 13, 2020
Every February 7th through 14th National Marriage Week celebrates the commitment of men and women who choose to dedicate themselves to one another through marriage. Marriage ceremonies are one of our society’s most…

Big Ideas for Early Childhood Innovation and Education Partnerships

January 17, 2020
ECD and ACF leadership involvement with the Dept of Education’s ED Games Expo 2020 which hosted the first-ever Early Childhood Development and Early Learning Expo.

Ringing in the New Year with Hope

January 6, 2020
As we welcome the new year, ACYF Commissioner Elizabeth Darling highlights how the Children's Bureau and the Family and Youth Services Bureau are in the business of providing HOPE.

National Runaway Prevention Month: An Annual Call to Action

November 25, 2019
National Runaway Prevention Month focuses on the importance of prevention services. 

Commissioner Hovland Recaps Historic Trip to Pacific Basin

November 15, 2019
Commissioner Jeannie Hovland describes the takeaways from her recent trip to the Pacific Basin.

Engaging States and Communities to Support Working Families

November 8, 2019
Eric D. Hargan joined Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson in Seattle, Washington, this week for the ninth of ten roundtables being held across the country to discuss improving access to affordable high-quality child care. We…

Improving Access to Child Care for Working Families

October 2, 2019
ACF wants to offer mothers and fathers more choice and flexibility with child care, so they can choose how to balance home and work life in a way that best serves their needs, benefits their children, and allows them to…

Bring a Principal to Your Head Start Program This October

October 1, 2019
The "Bring a Principal to Head Start" celebration coincides with Head Start Awareness Month and National Principals Month. We are celebrating it in conjunction with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (…

Highlights and Milestones of the Native American Programs Act

August 7, 2019
Jeannie Hovland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs, ACF Commissioner, Administration for Native AmericansANA Commissioner Jeannie Hovland recaps the history of how ANA came to be and the important…